Sep 28, 2014
Software Process and Measurement Cast number 309 features our essay on Agile user acceptance testing. Agile user acceptance testing (AUAT) confirms that the output of a project meets the business’ needs and requirements. The concept of acceptance testing early and often is almost inarguable, whether you are using Agile or any other method. AUAT generates early customer feedback, which increases customer satisfaction and reduces the potential for delivering defects. While implementing an effective and efficient AUAT isn’t always easy it most certainly is possible!
The essay begins:
The classic definition of a user acceptance test (UAT) is a process that confirms that the output of a project meets the business needs and requirements. UAT in an Agile project generally is more rigorous and timely than the classic end of project UAT found in waterfall projects. In waterfall projects, the UAT is usually the last step in the development process. The problem with that classic scenario is that significant defects are found late in the process, or worse, the business discovers that what is being delivered isn’t exactly what they wanted. Agile projects provide a number of opportunities to interject UAT activities throughout the process, starting with the development of user stories, to the sprint reviews and demos, and finally the UAT sprints at the end of a release. Each level provides a platform for active learning and feedback from the business.
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SPaMCAST 310 features our interview with Michael Burrows. This is Michael’s second visit to the Software Process and Measurement Cast. In this visit we discussed his new book, Kanban from the Inside. The book lays out why Kanban is a management method built on a set of values rather than just a set of techniques. The argument is made that Kanban leads to better outcomes for projects, managers, organizations and customers!
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Agile Risk Management – It Is Still Important! October 24, 2014 11:230 EDT
Has the adoption of Agile techniques magically erased risk from software projects? Or, have we just changed how we recognize and manage risk? Or, more frighteningly, by changing the project environment through adopting Agile techniques, have we tricked ourselves into thinking that risk has been abolished?
I will be presenting at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management in San Diego, CA on October 1. I have a great discount code!!!! Contact me if you are interested.
I will be presenting at the North East Quality Council 60th Conference October 21st and 22nd in Springfield, MA.
More on all of these great events in the near future! I look forward to seeing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners that attend these great events!
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